Hannah: Freedom Suit, Arlington County (Part 3 of 3)
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2 or children. Ans. I do not. 7th. Do you know any thing of a contract between the said Stephen West and Charles Jackson relating to the services that said Jackson was to render to the said West? Ans. Jackson was to serve my Father for the term of seven years on condition of my Father's freeing his wife. I have seen a written contract between them to that effect. 8th. Do you know whether Jackson performed his part of the said contract or not? Ans. He did not. 9th. Did or did not your Father pay Charles Jackson wages for his services all the time he so served him? Ans. He did. always either in money or by orders for supplies of necessaries &c for said Jackson's use & benefit. 10th. What sum did your Father pay Jackson annually for his services? Ans. Sixty dollars. 11th. Have you ever heard Charles Jackson say that your Father had paid him wages for his services all the times that said Jackson was in your Father's employment or service? Ans. Yes I have heard Jackson often say that my Father had regularly paid him for his services - up to that time. 12th. When did you hear Jackson say so? Ans. Two or three years before my Father's death. 13th. Did Jackson serve your Father up to the time of his Jackson's death? Ans. He did. Jackson died between a year and eighteen months before my Father. 14th. Do you know whether or not your Father paid Jackson wages for his services, all the time that Jackson served him? Ans. I believe he did but can't speak positively.
3. 15th. Do you know any thing of a contract said to have been made between your Father and Charles Jackson for the freedom of said Jackson's children. Ans. I know nothing about such a contract. 16th. Do you know whether or not Jackson's children were ever in your Father's possession Ans. I know that they were. 17th. Did he or did he not claim to hold them as his slaves? Ans. Yes, he did. I never heard any thing to the contrary. 18th. Were Jackson's children ever in his possession? Ans. Not to my knowledge. 19th. Did or did not Jackson's children go about as free persons. and were or were not they reported to be free? Ans. never within my Knowledge. 20th. Have you or have you not hired out Jackson's children for your Father? Ans. No. I never hired them out. 21st. Do you know whether or not the children of Hannah & Peggy were ever in your Father's possession & whether or not he claimed them as his slaves? Ans. They were always in my Father's possession and he always claimed them as his slaves. 22nd. Have you or have you not ever heard your Father say any thing about a contract between him and Jackson for the liberation of Jackson's wife or children. (The complts except to this inter[r]ogatory) Ans. I have heard my Father say that Jackson did not perform his part of the contract for the freedom of his wife; but that he believed Jackson would have performed it had his wife lived. 23rd. Did you ever hear your Father say any thing about a contract for the freedom of Jackson's children? Ans. I never did.